'Idiots' simplify hacking, CSC director tells news agency

DHS test shows cats not only curious species

The Homeland Security Department ran a test this year to see how hard it was for hackers to corrupt workers and gain access to their computer systems, and the answer was – not very, according to a Bloomberg News report.

DHS employees dropped computer discs and USB thumb drives in the parking lots of government buildings and private contractors to see who would pick them up.

Of those who did, 60 percent plugged the devices into office computers, curious to see what they contained. If the drive or CD case had an official logo, 90 percent were installed.

“There’s no device known to mankind that will prevent people from being idiots,” Mark Rasch, Computer Services Corp.’s director of network security and privacy consulting, told the business news agency.

Reader Comments

Tue, Jun 28, 2011 Dan Kuchem WDC

This is yet another solid example of why agencies should include virtualized desktops and thin clients in their application delivery solution strategies. This allows the IT folks to turn on or off access to USB devices and other items like printing and copying data/files based on the user device, network access and role within the organization.

Tue, Jun 28, 2011

Didn't we know this already, IT people?

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